The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Second Lieutenant W R Medhurst


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Second Lieutenant Willim Richard Medhurst,  MEDHURST, 5th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died (after an operation for appendicitis contracted while on Active Service), Military Hospital, Grantham, 4th January 1917, age 38.

31st May 1878, born New Cross London SE, eldest son of Richard William, ship owner & merchant & his wife Harriett daughter of William Gill.

Educated Wicklam College, Brockley, was a ship broker.

10th August 1904, St Alphage Church, Greenwich, William Richard Medhurst, age 26, bachelor, ship broker, 26 Park Place, father Ricard William, merchant, married Arabella Maude Murray, age 21 spinster, 202, Lewisham High Road, Brockley, London, father James Murray, miller.

Child - Kathleen Mary Medhurst, born 7th October 1909.


1911 Census - 17 Hilly Fields Crescent, Brockley, SE - William Richard Medhurst, head, age 32, married, steamship broker, employer, born New Cross London; Arabella Maude Medhurst, wife, age 28, married 6 years, 1 child, still alive, born Deptford, London; Selina Jago, servant, age 24, single, general domestic servant, born Rothhithe, London; Kathleen Mary Medhurst, daughter, age 1, born Lewisham, London.


October 1914 joined 5th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 15th October 1915, Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant, Machine Gun Corps; served with the Expeditionary Force in France from 3rd August 1916.

31st March 1917, Probate - William Richard Medhurst of 202, Lewisham High Road, Deptford, Kent. Lieutenant HM Army died 4th January 1917, at the Military Hospital Grantham. Probate London 31st March to the Public Trustee. Effects £9278 3s 10d.

Buried at Deptford (Brockley) Cemetery, W. 58.United Kingdom.  There is a Screen Wall Memorial bearing the names of those whose graves are not marked by CWGC headstones.

Graves Registration Report -  Next of Kin - Mrs M Medhurst, "Camiers", 6 Russell Terrace, Mundsley on Sea, Norfolk.

NOTE: not included in Regimental History or Soldiers Died in the Great War; but shown on CWGC web site.


London Gazette 25th August 1916.

Royal West Kent Regiment - 2nd Lt. W. R. Medhurst is seconded for duty with the Machine Gun Corps. 10th April 1916


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